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Dec 12, 2012 2:00am PST
is the latest midwestern state where republican governor is eviscerating the pouf of the unions. michigan today became the 24th state to enact so-called right-to-work laws. much like the michigan senate last week, along party lines the house approved right-to-work legislation which prohibits unions from requiring members to pay dus. without hesitation earlier this evening, governor snyder signed the bill into law. there is a simple reason that laws like the one signed earlier are bad policy and bad economics. there's nothing wrong with a tough negotiation between a governor and labor unions or between a ceo and his workers. economic reality has to drive such negotiations. when i was governor, i negotiated hard but change the rules so workers cannot be effectively represented by a union takes away a fundamental right of workers to be represented on matters central to their economic well-being. it is one thing to be tough in negotiations, it is quite another to destroy the capacity of the union to negotiate at all.
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Dec 11, 2012 11:00pm PST
of the unions that built that state. that built the middle class. that built this amazing country. someone, please tell me what are we becoming? >> jennifer: tonight we're going to go straight to the state of michigan where more than 10,000 protestors descended on lansing, the capitol to raise their voices against harsh new anti-labor laws. >> right to work has got to go! >> he wants to turn us around make $10 an hour, what are we going to do for our families? >> jennifer: preach it, sir. despite the uproar outside the capitol, inside it, the republican-led legislature still passed right-to-work legislation today. that legislation would muzzle the union voice in michigan by taking away the requirement that everyone who's in a union shop should pay union dues. you might ask why is that a big deal. well if not everyone's required to pay you're going to have people who enjoy the advantages of a union better pay and better benefits environment but who don't contribute to the union's survival at all. this only works if we're all
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Dec 10, 2012 2:00pm PST
[♪ theme music ♪] >>> i'm michael shure. tonight in "the war room," union busting, arrests, the coach brothers, the president, it seems michigan has a little something for everyone these days. [♪ theme music ♪] insicuderr "the war room," i'm michael shure sitting in for jennifer granholm. tonight the fight rages on in michigan. the new front line for the battle for worker's rights in this country. the uaw is founded there, but republican lawmakers are now threatening to cripple it there. this is pure and simple union busting. these right to work laws have already had serious impacts across the country. wages for all workers, unionized and otherwise have decreased an average of $1,500 a year and workers are less likely to get health insurance or pensions. during the campaign any president voiced strong support the unions but as we know campaigning a very different from governing. things didn't look too promising this morning. so let's let the president speak for himself on this one. here he is in red ford, michigan late this afternoon. >> obama: what
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Dec 11, 2012 3:00am PST
in the back. this is a state of course that was built by labor unions, has one of the highest percentages of union membership anywhere in the country. a state known for its union support and a state that really has been -- saves by labor unions particularly the autoworkers agreeing to significant cutbacks and benefits and salaries and everything to keep the auto industry afloat. as part of the auto bailout. of course, this is just the latest in this war on unions that we've seen. it started with scott walker in wisconsin. went on to ohio. and john kasich, we've seen a lot of it out of florida. we've seen a lot of it with rick scott. we've seen a lot of it of course in new jersey with chris christie. particularly in the midwest there's been this blatant war on unions. the latest is rick schneider, a guy who was just recently elected who says the last thing he wanted oh, no, no, no, he said this publicly, privately we heard this yesterday from steve cook, head of the michigan education association was a guest
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Dec 6, 2012 11:00pm PST
start picking a fight with michigan union workers. [ music ] >> this is a fight for the survival of labor unions and the american middle class they support. just minutes ago, the michigan house of representatives passed the so-called "right to work bill." it passed 58 to 52. six republicans voted know, but the bill passed. and believe me if they can do this in michigan they can do it anywhere in the country. it gives new meaning to the term "lame-duck session." the bill basically eviscerates bargaining. it's a move to cut off the resources that give labor unions their strength. in addition to people funding, we have seen this work before. there is no doubt what's going on here. it is a war on unions. it is a war on the democratic party. today, a lansing state journal photographer captured this video as waves of union sportupporters and police flooded the state capitol trying to stop the bill. the capitol was locked down. police say they arrested eight people inside, and even used a chemical spray to regain control control. outside, union supporters mar
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Dec 12, 2012 2:00pm PST
part to the strength of its labor unions and the large number of manufacturing workers living in flint. they took over a factory and they didn't leave until they reached a deal with management. workers occupied several general motor's plants. not for a day, a week but for month -- actually for longer than a month for 40-consecutive days and it worked. they got bargaining rights, and 40-hour workweek and a minimum wage. they had 100,000 people turned out in detroit to show their support for the striking workers in flint 100,000 people. and yesterday, 12,000 people turned out in lancing, michigan to protest against the state's new right to work law. it's a devastating blow to the heart of organized labor in this country, and perhaps no one knows more about than that that garl dean blankinship. >> my father called home one night, he was working on the second shift. he said we're on strike. it's a sitdown. i'll be home when it is over. and he was 44 days later. let's not let the beatings that they took and everything else they did go to waste. >> thank you! >> j
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Dec 11, 2012 4:00pm PST
the republicans are trying to jam through right to work laws. and 12,000 unionized workers showed up to protest. they reached capacity in the capitol building at 2,200. they shut out everybody else abc news report. >> michigan republican controlled state legislature approved the controversial right to work bill today 58-51. >> the bill is passed. >> why shut people out? why did we do this? i can tell you why because good ideas get debated and bad ones get rammed through with police protection in a lame duck legislature. [ crowd chants ] >> well, governor snyder had run his one tough nerd and hence that's buy they're chanting one term nerd. they are very mad at him for flip-flopping. we'll get to that in a second. then, they got really mad at steven crowder a fox contributor and so-called comedian. he got in workers' faces and it didn't work out we will for everybody involved. >> leave it alone. >> get out of my face! get the [bleep] out of my face. i didn't hurt nobody. get out of my face! back off! back the [bleep] off! >> ok! >> he's got a gun! >> i'll kill the [bleep] with a gun! kind of kil
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Dec 12, 2012 3:00am PST
are a union member or not, if you are a working class american, a middle class american, the republican war has declared war on you. it started in wisconsin. is spread to ohio. it has hopped up to michigan they are out to destroy working families families, and we intend to fight back. we will get into that and you bet. a lot more. let's get the latest. current news update from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi, lisa. good morning to you. >> hey, bill. good morning to you. good morning everyone. president obama is begin talking his fiscal cliff plans today. he will be on a conference call from the white house with a bi-partisan group of mayors and community leaders. the group will focus on how to prevent taxes from going up from middle class americans along with finding ways to grow the economy and reduce the deficit. turning to syria this morning, president obama is now stepping up pressure on bashar asaad with his official recognition of syria's opposition group. here with an interview with barbara walters. >> we have made a decision that the syrian oppo
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Dec 10, 2012 3:00am PST
day, one day, right to work, destroying labor unions. labor unions have vowed to fight back. the republican war on labor unions goes on and on in the state of michigan, from wisconsin to ohio and now to michigan we've got to fight back and we will. plus all of the news of the day. but first, we get the latest. start off with today's current news update from lease a ferguson standing buy out in los angeles. hi, lease a. good morning. >> hey, bill. good morning, everyone. as bill mentioned, president obama is taking his fiscal cliff campaign back on the road again today. he is headed today redford, michigan where he will tour a diesel plant and speak to middle class workers. he will push his plan to raise encloses above 250 -- to raise taxes above $250,000 a year. president obama met with house speaker boehner for the first time in more than three weeks. the house is still refuseing to pass obama's tax plan much less agree to other policies. josh earnest is not giving any details into yesterday's. some republicans are coming around on improving
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Dec 10, 2012 4:00pm PST
. son of boss, killing the tax codes one way or another. on the upside democrats have unions donating to them, too, so they need to be balanced between workers and their bosses. in fact, according to the associated press the estimate of how much they spent on democrats in the 2012 cycle is $400 million. now, what is interesting is where president obama is going to come out on this issue. they've got a lot of money from corporations for unions, which way is he going to go? in michigan governor snyder said no, the right to work laws are, you know, which by the way are the worst named thing ever. it's a great republican trick to call them right to work, it's basically asking people if they want to skate on unionses doing the work for them without paying their do yous. getting all these pay raises for them without paying do yous. that's the so-called right to work. governor snyder said, oh, no, we're not going to do that. absolutely not. we won't get to that, and i'm not going in that direction. it's not on my agenda, and it's too divisive of an issue. right after the election, boom repub
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Dec 12, 2012 4:00pm PST
't know. we'll find out. we have boehner and the fight in michigan over the union. we'll talk about that, too. [ bullhorn ] >> back up! back up! back up! >> cenk: all right and if that wasn't enough we'll also do an elbow of the day. every day presents another exciting issue. from financial regulation, fraud on wall street. things everyday exploding around the world that leave no shortage for exciting conversations. at the end of the show, you know what has happened, why its happened and more importantly, what's going to happen tomorrow. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> cenk: in mission the republicans in a panic passed the so-called right to work laws which, in fact, allow for freeloaders to let the union negotiate for them and then take advantage without todaying do yous. this was meant to weaken the unions and the unions are not happy about this. now they're going to lose five seats in the election in the legislature the republicans are, that's why they did that right before they leave office. they were angry than angrier than i was in the last segment and they had the americans for prosper
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Dec 12, 2012 9:00am PST
-to-work legislation. bob king, united autoworkers president yesterday. >> i think that unions -- i think things like this are waking the sleeping giant. working families are tired of losing. they want a fair share of the prosperity of this state and this country and i think that's going to help build the union movement. >> stephanie: yeah. i love the republican house speaker. this is about freedom. fairness and equality. these are basic american rights, rights that should unite us. that's why we did this behind closed doors with no referendum because we knew it would unite us. >> freedom for ceos. >> stephanie: michigan's future has never been brighter because workers are free. >> free to live on the streets. >> stephanie: yes. >> in winter. >> stephanie: ah yes. senator carl levin of michigan. >> he has a responsibility as governor of avoiding this kind of a cliff. it is not -- it's not good enough we told him -- for him to say that he would like to get this behind us. >> stephanie: he went on to say -- the senator
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Dec 11, 2012 6:00am PST
in that chair 30 seconds ago. >> i'm wearing my union hat. go union! [ applause ] >> stephanie: and i have a booked a new guest. >> since i am your bff i should be the first to know. >> stephanie: you are going to say squee in such a huge way. >> i'm excited. >> is it dick morris? >> stephanie: no! it's going to be the liberal orgasm of a lifetime. chris, jim, and jacki, and then two huge celebrity guests on panel. i'll call you during the break. here she is with news jacki schechner. >> good morning, everybody. the obamas are giving their first joint interview since the election today. it is going to be with barbara walters. the president is going to sit down by himself first and then michelle will join them. afterwards the obamas and dog bo will give a tour of the white house. hundreds of people are already gathering at the state capital in lancing, michigan as the city prepares for what could be the largest demonstration in history. the legislature has now rushed through right to work legislation, and governor rick snyder is expected to sign it today. police are on
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Dec 5, 2012 2:00pm PST
for the minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour. for the right to unionize without interference. they would be a powerful force. fast food workers are the fourth largest occupation in the country! they earn on average about $18,000 a year. for full time. that's roughly the poverty level for a family of three. at the same time, these big chains are reporting record profits. and the issue underscores a fundamental, moral question. will we build an economy that pays workers enough to support a family or will we use the government to subsidize people's wages through food stamps and other support. today, we're not doing either one. in michigan, i signed a bill to raise the minimum wage to $7.40 an hour. that was six years ago. it needs to be raised again. the federal minimum wage is lower than that. it is now just $7.25 an hour. try, just try imagine earning $7.25 an hour and paying a mortgage or rent try living on $7.25 an hour and buying food, much less acquiring transportation in some way. forget clothing. tha
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Dec 10, 2012 6:00am PST
a republican, is likely to sign it tomorrow. labor union leaders say they've been told the president will address the right to work fight in today's speech in michigan. in a statement released last thursday a white house spokesman said that president obama has been opposed to right to work laws for a very long time. and that the strength of autoworkers in michigan is proof of how the unions help to build the economy and strengthen the middle class. right to work laws make it illegal for unions to automatically deduct dues from payrolls and people who support the law say that workers shouldn't have to be part of a union if they don't want to. but what really happens is nonunion workers benefit from a unionized workplace without having to financially contribute. ultimately, the laws end up cutting into union financing and weakening their bargaining power. we're back with more steph after the break. stay with us! a >>> she get's the comedians laughing... >>>that hilarious. >>>and the thinkers thinking. joy>>>okay so. there's
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Dec 10, 2012 5:00pm PST
favors same sex unions? 16 years ago congress enacted and the president signed into law the so-called defense of marriage act stewing governmental discrimination against gay couples we defining for federal purposes a marriage as an union between a man and a woman. on friday the supreme court announced it would weigh in agreeing to take a pair of cases challenging the definition of marriage. with me now to weigh in on what we can expect as gay marriage heads to high court as richard coraide former president ofe quality matters akhil reed amar. thank you for joining me. >> if you're legally married in a state like new york, the federal government cannot recognize your marriage. a number of couples sued and said that was unconstitutional, and that's the issue in the defensive marriage act case. in the other case, the proposition 8 case, a number of couples from california sued to overturn the proposition 8 which is the 2008 law which outlawed same-sex marriage after the courts said it was required. >> cenk: and so, akhil you're able to thread the needle. explain the constitutional
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Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
by john cornun of texas and pass there had on november 26th. hundreds of union members and their supporters are protesting michigan's decision yesterday to rush through right-to-work legislation. the state house and senate approved measures that will prohibit unions from forcing non-union members to pay additional fees. republicans claim that that will boost the economy and jobs. but democrats are calling it an attack on workers' rights. governor rick snyder has previously said that right-to-work is not on his agenda but he does plan on sign that next week. back on capitol hill steven spielberg is slated to attend "lincoln." poems president obama is hosting the event at the capitol visitor senator. after the screening, spielberg and louis along with 3 other actors will hold a q and a session with senators and their guests. more "bill press" is coming up after our break. see you then. i want the people who watch our show, to be able to come away armed with the facts, and the arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have
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Dec 7, 2012 6:00am PST
and medicaid benefits. >> it stars two senator and two republican reps. cnn reports the labor unions are spending more than a half of million dollars on this round of spots. we're back with more steph after the break. stay with us. ♪ going to do the young turks. i think the number one thing that viewers like about the young turks is that we're honest. they know that i'm not bs'ing them with some hidden agenda, actually supporting one party or the other. when the democrats are wrong, they know that i'm going to be the first one to call them out. they can question whether i'm right, but i think that the audience gets that this guy, to the best of his ability, is trying to look out for us. [♪ theme music ♪] >> stephanie: okay. and as we mentioned, unemployment numbers. hello! [ ♪ patriotic music ♪ ] >> stephanie: the lowest in four years. >> wow! >> stephanie: it has dropped to 7.7%. >> you're welcome america, i did that. >> no, you didn't. >> stephanie: right. [ applause ] >> stephanie: which is twice of what was expected. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stepha
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Dec 6, 2012 6:00am PST
that there is nothing wrong with being slovenly. it is stupid, it's what they did in the soviet union. kill ambition. to hell with that. >> stephanie: wow, someone is getting a little upset about losing their spare oxycontin stash. lots of people have proposed 100% tax rate. that's exactly what is on the table. >> you can't expect rush logic to enter into reality. >> stephanie: yes, and liberalism is to blame. [ bell chimes ] [ applause ] >> how? so -- >> stephanie: doesn't matter jim. and also rush limbaugh marriage expert had something to do with they are not married. >> well, he says that women -- one way to make women conservative is to marry them and he is trying to do that one lady at a time. >> yes he is. >> stephanie: okay. shawn handy. >> republicans have allowed themselves to get caught in a circular firing squad, negotiating among themselves and now tea party members are being removed from key committees. and john boehner adopted the rhetoric of rich versus the poor. >> stephanie: oh no. >> if sean hannity is on the case, it is going to get solved. i'm shocked, i sti
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Dec 7, 2012 9:00am PST
to attack unions. he said the administration is intent on unionizing so union bosses will [ inaudible ] collective bargaining. he was willing -- is willing to cause, quote unquote serious obstructions in the economy. he was asked on fox news despite not raising the debt ceiling would cause serious problems, he said i'm willing to do that in order to get serious cuts to social security and medicare. bye-bye [ applause ] >> stephanie: senator lindsay graham. >> i met with jim demint this morning, and to say i was stunned is an understatement. he has always been a friend somebody i could count on. we have really enjoyed our time together. >> wait a minute go back. >> stephanie: once again, another stunned moment for me! vapors. >> we had some wonderful times together. >> something tells me that lindsay graham has clutched some pearls before. >> as god as my witness i will never go hungry again. >> compared to jim demint is a stark-raving mad liberal. >> stephanie: and senator harry reid. >> i have always liked the guy, and even though i disagree with so much of what
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Dec 5, 2012 6:00am PST
at the president during the state of the union, that seems like the good ole days. charming time of being a jerk back then. >> that sounds relatively quaint. when nickelodeon decided they wanted to use the song as kind of like the springboard for a whole christmas special which actually airs tomorrow, it is a stop motion, done like rankin bass rudeolph special from the '60s, it is really cool. i came up with this story and andy palely and i where we were trying to find a reason for this. we said there must be be something like a jerk toy like a media of jerktonium. woke up over earth and landed in certain places. >> stephanie: all of the states currently looking it to secede. >> you might want to go through there with a geiger counter and take a jerktonium reading. the special involves this jerktonium meteor that -- the radiation turns people into these dispentic cranky bullies at this time of year where you really should be working to be the opposite of that. baby steps. then we'll work on the other 51 weeks of the ye
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Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm PST
the president in the state of the union. the politics of knocking on doors, the good streets politics of the grassroots party. there's greater unit, which is important. >> this election was not just two paths and visions laid out on issues. you had a handful of billionaires on the republican side trying to buy the white house from mitt romney and you had a grass roots movement that was organized from the ground up with volunteers, people-powered campaign. it demonstrated that you can't buy democracy in this country. you really have to work it, and hour voters and supporters were determined to get out their get to work, and stay on line, even with all the obstacles thrown in their way by republicans across the country preventing them from getting access to the polls. >> it's so important. there were two competing advices. in a way this was a good election for democracy. there were two articulate candidates with good advices and that's a choice. how do we build on this, the one remaining piece is the house your task, i think ahead in 2014 is to put us in a majority in the house. what wi
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Dec 5, 2012 3:00am PST
workers' union under president michael langford delivering brighter services and a brighter future find out more at uwua.net. viewpoint on current tv 8:00 p.m. with eliot spitzer. this man burns the candle at both ends. he is willing to join us at least once a week he does every wednesday morning to comment on the issues of the day. hey, elliott, good morning. >> good morning. burn it too much except one week i forgot to call in. other than that, we do okay. >> you are not that far from washington, but i am interested -- >> emotionally we are very far away. >> okay. i am interested even with the benefit of 500 miles how does this for the prospects for a deal on fiscal cliff look from your perspective? >> you know -- >> do you think it's going to happen. >> short answer is i don't know because i see two trends simultaneously. one, you hear voices in either party saying, hey, it wouldn't be so bad if we go over the cliff. some of the hysteria attendant to the whole notion of the cliff is being -- dissipating. on the other hand, if you look at the numbers, t
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